GM announced this week that they are eliminating light-duty vehicles with tailpipes by the year 2035. That’s just 14 years from now, and that includes pickup trucks. Yes, that means no gasoline or diesel engines for the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500. These will be replaced by new GM electric trucks.
This is less government-influenced and more large corporations working together to affect climate change. The government will play a part when it comes to infrastructure, but it’s corporations who are really to blame if you don’t like it.
The goal is to be able to offer 30 electric models by mid-decade, and 40% of the company’s U.S. models will be battery electric vehicles by the end of 2025. Wow!
GM says there will be zero-emissions vehicles in all price ranges and body styles including electric pickup trucks to replace the gas and diesel versions of the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500.
Of course, GM’s Ultium battery technology will be a key part of this. We are guessing by the time these vehicles make it to market, the battery range on an electric truck should have about the same range as a tank of gas — 350 miles or so.
From what we’ve seen so far, the driving range of electric vehicles is cut drastically by towing or hauling large loads. So, people who tow may upgrade to a larger truck vs. a half-ton. And those who tow large loads regularly probably won’t be affected much because they’ll already be driving heavy-duty trucks, which won’t be EVs. Yet.